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they're troubled by what the united nations ambassador susan rice is telling them. and now the acting cia director has some serious problems as well. president obama pulls out all the stops to keep middle class taxes low, but will congress go along with higher taxes for the rich? plus, a long secret u.s. plan, get this, to explode an atomic bomb on the moon. what were they thinking? i'm wolf blitzer. you're in "the situation room." >>> today we may be at the tipping point for one of the most important decisions president obama needs to make as he begins his second term. on capitol hill republicans including moderate republicans are sending the president a clear warning, don't nominate susan rice to replace hillary clinton as secretary of state. rice is the current u.s. ambassador to the united nations. she spent a second day meeting with senators trying to explain some of her inaccurate comments she made after the september 11th terrorist attack on the u.s. consulate in benghazi, libya. cnn's senior congressional correspondent dana bash is joining us now from capitol hill with the ver
was a terrorist attack. but that isn't what the u.s. ambassador to the united nations susan rice said when she went on national television five days after the attack. today rice is up on capitol hill. she's explaining what happened and some big-name republicans clearly are not very happy with her answers. our senior congressional correspondent dana bash is following what's become a pretty long day -- a tiring day for the u.s. ambassador to the u.n. what's the latest, dana? >> reporter: wolf, the three republican senators who had vowed to block susan rice from being secretary of state if the president nominates her had really softened the rhetoric in recent days. i'm told the reason for that was because it was a curtesy in order for them to wait until they had a face-to-face meeting with her which was today. after that meeting their criticism was harsher than ever. the way these grim-faced gop senators tell it, susan rice's attempt to calm their criticism backfired. >> we are significantly troubled by many of the answers that we got and some that we didn't get. >> i'm more disturbed now than i
.s. ambassador to the united nations will muster all of her diplomatic skills and tiptoe through a political mine field. susan rice meets with republican senator john mccain. as you know, mccain had vehemently opposed her nomination of secretary of state. now he shows signs of softening. at issue, that deadly attack on the u.s. consulate in libya. was rice playing politics when she said initially that terrorists were not to blame for the killing of four americans? minutes ago, we caught up to senator mccain for these exclusive comments. >> what do you have to learn today from miss rice? >> whatever ambassador rice wants to tell me. she's the one who asked for the meeting. i didn't. >> do you trust her to be secretary of state? >> this issue needs to be resolved, clearly. it needs to be resolved before -- i don't make a judgment as to whether she should be secretary of state or not until she's been nominated. >> you put more blame on the president or miss rice? >> the president is ultimately responsible. >> cnn's dan lothian first reported this morning's meeting with rice and mccain. he joins us n
israeli positions, some being fired toward israel. >> it's not as if there are united nations personnel monitoring this border crossing if you will. >> no. it's a very surreal system where you actually don't run into any human beings for several steps of the process. it's all done through surveillance cameras, through doors being electronically opened for you and gradually, you know, the closer you get with each door that you go through you're one step closer toward israel and one step, you know -- they've examined you one step further. it's a fascinating system to see up close. >> yeah. at some point -- and you were there for three, four, five days? >> right. >> you must have been scared out of your mind. >> you know, you're definitely in a heightened state of awareness. i wouldn't say scared because i've been in a lot of these areas over the years. but it's always shocking to see the conditions that people are forced to live in in a war zone. and to see what life is like for somebody and who's the only difference between them and myself is the accident of birth and what zip code they
undermine any increases. and now, palestine. thursday, united nations will vote on whether to upgrade status to nonmember state. it's also a move opposed by the united states and israel. now, here's the headline from an op-ed "the new york times." support palestinian state hood. that was not written by a palestinian, but by an israeli. a former deputy foreign minister of israel and architect of the oslo -- to be exact. the question remains, the israel survive as a jewish state if it does not agree to a two-state exclusion? particularly one that partitions to a holy city. jeremy joins me along with morton klein, president of the zionist organization of america. i want to read more from that op-ed "the new york times" today. and continued to write because mr. abbas of the plo has committed to the principles of nonviolenc nonviolence, the bid is the only way of putting palestinians back on the agenda. the israeli foreign ministry is threatening to nullify the oslo accor accords. what's your response? >> well, i wish that were true. in fact, for 19 years now, abbas promotes hatred and violence a
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.s. ambassador to the united nations, susan rice defends herself about comments about benghazi, responding directly to her harshest critics. >>> giving thanks following superstorm sandy. trying to lift the siepirits of those left with nothing. >>> plus this. >>> good morning to you. happy thanksgiving. i'm carol costello. thank you so much for spending at least part of your holiday with us. for the first time in more than a week, it has been a relatively quiet day across israel and fwa gaza. the cease fire is holding. at the border, israeli troops are packing up after spending one final night there. israeli forces says when the cease fire started, three rockets were fired into israel. two hit open areas and the third was intercepted by the iron dome missile defense system. if everything remains this relatively quiet until 2:00 eastern this afternoon, the gaza border crossings will open. rallies opened in the streets as they celebrated what they call a victory over israel. the prime minister says he's dedicated the victory to that man, ahmed al ja'abari, killed in that air strike. as you kn
to the united nations, and taking appropriate military action. the reason there are so many more casualties on the part of the palestinians, they deliberately don't build shelters for their civilians. they build shelters only for their terrorist fighters. the terrorist fighters fire rockets from above ground, then run into the shelters, leaving the civilians to be exposed. israel, on the other hand, build shelters all over the country and enormous, enormous cost and they also fire their rockets from gaza city. now, they don't have to fire them from a crowded gaza city. they can fire them from an enormous amount of empty land that exists between gaza city -- but they choose -- >> let me bring in reza. there is a point, isn't there, about this, that israel is almost compelled to fire into these densely populated areas because that is where hamas hides its missile firing weaponry. what else are they supposed to do? how else do they tackle hamas and its firing of missiles? >> well, if you want a long-term solution to it, you have to deal with it at the political level. first of all, let's be cl
an extraordinary good job as ambassador to the united nations. >> the assistant majority leader of the not dick durbin joining us this morning. nice to see you this morning. >> thank you, soledad. >> still ahead on "starting point," bad news for a nation obsessed with bacon. god, bad news. christine bad news for us. the majority of the pork that you're eating is contaminated. we'll update you on a really disturbing study that's coming up next. ♪ [ gordon ] for some this line is a convenience. how you doing today? i'm good thanks. how are you? i'm good. [ gordon ] but for others, it's all they can afford. every day nearly nine million older americans don't have enough to eat. anything else? no, not today. join me, aarp, and aarp foundation in the drive to end hunger by visiting i(announcer) when subaru owners look in the mirror, they see more than themselves. so we celebrate our year-end with the "share the love" event. get a great deal on a new subaru and 250 dollars goes to your choice of five charities. by the end of this, our fifth year, our total can reach almost 25
is formerly the u.s. ambassador for special political affairs to the united nations. it's nice to have you with us, sir. >> good morning, soledad. >> so yesterday we were reporting at this hour that there were reports that the aggression would stop within hours. then there reports that there would be a 24-hour calm period, that came from a senior hamas official. then we know that hillary clinton was in the region, going from meeting to meeting with netanyahu, and heading eventually to meet with mohamed mursi. now we have this violence with a bus. has the window of opportunity, which it seemed like the secretary was trying to exploit, or leverage, has that closed, do you think, with this explosion? >> first of all, this was a reprehensible terrorist attack. but i don't think it closes the window. you've got these very serious talks ongoing about a long-term solution to things like, you know, border security, the rocket attacks, and a lot of international pressure brought to bear by both arab countries, the united states, and the u.n. so, no, i think that this represents an escalation, but i
of her most vocal critics. the current u.s. ambassador to the united nations has been criticized. mccain now says he will not block rice's nomination and he'll give her a chance to explain. >> i give everyone the benefit of explaining their position and the actions that they took. i'll be glad to have the opportunity to discuss these issues with her. >> rice has said that her description of the attack was based on the best intelligence at the moment. republicans have accused her of downplaying an obvious terrorist attack for political motives. >>> other stories we're watching this morning, a huge gas explosion in springfield, massachusetts, that hurt 21 people was the result of human error. the state fire marshal's office says a utility worker inadvertently poked a hole in a high pressure gas line. that line was incorrectly indicated by sidewalk markings. on friday afternoon the gas built up and eventually it ignited. one building was destroyed. dozens more were damaged. >>> police are investigating the death of a suspected shoplifter at a suburban atlanta walmart. several reports sa
job at the united nations and is highly qualified for any number of positions in the foreign policy arena. >> reporter: does the preside president -- >> i have no announcements. >> reporter: she's widely believed to be at the top of the list to replace secretary of state hillary clinton who's said she will not stay for a second term. ambassador rice came under fire for suggesting the benghazi attack that killed four americans was a spontaneous event. >> what we think transpired in benghazi is opportunistic extremist elements came to the consulate as this was unfolding. >> reporter: much later, the administration labeled it a terrorist attack, even though officials pointed to early language the president used referencing, quote, acts of terror. republicans pounced, focusing on the possible nomination of rice as secretary of state. >> we will do whatever is necessary to block the nomination. >> i am dead set on making sure we don't promote anybody that was an essential player in the benghazi debacle. >> reporter: we have been reaching out to senator mccain's office all day trying to g
holliday the former u.s. ambassador for special political affairs to the united nations. he's currently the president and ceo of the meridian international center, which is a public diplomacy organization. ambassador let me start with the news of the shooting along the border between gas zba and israel. how troubling is an incident like this? and how perilous is it, really, for this fragile, fragile cease-fire? >> well, good morning. the local level, it's obviously very troubling, and there are, you know, lives at stake, and there's this delicate balance on the cease-fire. but in the bigger picture, this is -- there's a lot invested in this cease-fire, at the political level and it appears to be at this point more of the typical border incident category kind of problem rather than a directed violation from either side of the cease-fire. i think that's what we're going to have to watch for is what happens next. >> a lot of credit ins are looking at this agreement as a short-term fix, a band-aid that will last as long as, say, hamas manages to rearm and then perhaps start shooting rockets
're an ambassador to the united nations -- i want to get your thoughts on this. she said, look, you go well beyond unclassified talking points in your daily preparation responsibilities. i guess the implication being that she would have been aware of other things that were different or contradicted directly to what she went and said on television. does this cast any doubt on her story? general clark has made what i've heard from everybody who knows her that she is an incredibly honest and forthright person. >> well, i think there's a bigger question here, erin, and that's the credibility of the administration on these national security issues and whether they politicized a national security issue that led to the death of four americans. i mean, i do -- i don't agree that the american people were not misled on this. i don't know how five days afterwards, a senior official -- first of all, i don't understand why susan rice was in that chair as opposed to hillary clinton as u.n. ambassador, she had nothing to do with what happened in benghazi. but besides that, you know, the issue here is why did the
into the streets of gaza city to celebrate. >> susan rice going public. the u.s. ambassador to the united nations is now defending the comments she made in the aftermath of the september 11th terrorist attack in benghazi. rice explaining why she initially suggested that the attacks were sparked by protests over that anti-muslim film. >> ilied solely and squarely on the information provided to me by the intelligence community. i made clear that the information was preliminary and that our investigations would give us the definitive answers. >> rice says she believes everyone, especially intelligence officials, were acting in good faith to provide the best assessment of the events in benghazi to the american people. >> sectarian violence erupting in pakistan. a series of bombings has killed at least 31 people. in the deadliest attack, a taliban suicide bomber killed 23 people in an attack on a shiite muslim procession in rawalpindi. this is the holiest month of the year for shiites. >>> and this picture cost two women their jobs. take a close look there. one apparently made an obscene gesture at ar
this to supporters on saturday. we're on our way to the united nations. there are lots of states supporting us who support peace and justice. all the factions are with us in going to the united nations. do you -- there are some diplomatic snags, i think it's fair to say. >> yes. >> abbas's office says hamas supports the move. hamas spokesperson said in the jerusalem post, in fact, they don't support the move. explain to me how you're going to be able to navigate this. >> yes. no, we're navigating it very easily because the official statement came out today. yesterday there was a bit of confusion from different hamas sources. but they called the president today and told him he's fully supportive of this move. the hamas official spokesperson came out and said hamas as a whole supports this move and stands behind it. so we really have unanimous total support for going to the u.n., the general assembly, and for getting the application to state status, enhancing our presence and enhancing, of course, our internal political realities as well as our international standing. and getting the recognition of
on third avenue near the united nations and something was happening city hall and john paraskivas one of my colleagues was asked to go down to city hall and file immediately but use this thing because this was the only way to file right away and it was something that was made by a company called leefax out of boston, some guys from and they were making scanning equipment to digitize negatives and take it back to wherever the printing presses were. but at any rate, john literally put on something that locked like a -- looked like scuba diving gear on his back. i kid you not. it was that big. it was a huge backpack and had a cable running into the camera. he transmitted that back to news day and made the paper and it was noisy as hell. it was a very grainy image, very messy image. it was not anything that you would see from film. but at any rate, that is the kind of stuff that people were dealing with 25 years ago. and when digital cameras first came out, i was one of the last who wanted one. >> exactly, i remember. >> because, because, because the images were very noisy, the cameras were ver
to upgrade our status at the united nations to observer state, bringing really to a close a chapter, if you will, in our national struggle to statehood and getting closer to that two-state solution being undermined on a daily basis by the entrenchment of occupation. >> nora uday, i appreciate you being on. joining me now is ambassador orlen. how confident are you the cease-fire will hold? >> i hope it will hold, anderson. prime minister netanyahu responded to a request from president obama to try the cease-fire and we're certainly going to hope that it takes hold. and that hamas will honor its commitments, israeli forces as you can note have cease-fire at this time. but we're still seeing -- receiving reports of hamas continuing firing from hamas and we hope it will dwindle and end. but the cease-fire is the beginning. it is not -- >> you're saying you have reports that firing continues? >> just prior to coming to the studio, yes. >> where is it coming from, to your knowledge? >> same place it was going the last eight days into the southern part of the city. southern part of the country. bu
to answer that, of course, is nadia bilchik. good morning. >> good morning. >> it actually is united mexican states. >> exactly. >> how many people say that. >> you never say i'm going to united mexican states nation. you just say i'm going to mexico. so calderon would like it to be part of his legacy because he leaves office next saturday but he wants to change the name just to mexico. >> so i guess the question is, though, why challenge it. >> why is it so important to him? >> because it became the name in 1824 when inspired by american independence leaders, they said if it's the united states of america and they've done so much in terms of independence, we should have united mexican states. >> so what is the like lie hood of this getting done. you said he's leaving office saturday. >> he said he doesn't want a name that emulated another country and that no one uses on a daily basis. and theness chas are very unlikely because enrico penneta becomes president next week, you don't think it's going to be high on his list. >> jay. they have drugs, violence, a whole lot of things. >> certainly.
. the campaign intended to overthrow the government is being condemned by the united nations. civilians are fleeing as the rebels move towards the next potential battleground. regional leaders will meet in uganda tomorrow and relief warning of a growing humanitarian crisis. signs wall street is encouraged by black friday shopping trends. the dow, s&p and nasdaq all closing up more than 1% in an abbreviated post thanksgiving trading day, it is fifth straight day of gains for the stock market. and the first time since election day the dow closed above 13,000. black friday started early for a number of leading retailers who opened their doors to shoppers last night. and you are looking at the hall from a massive drug bust. in kentucky police say a garage was stacked to the ceiling with trash bags filled with thousands of pounds of marijuana worth more than $2.5 million. authorities also seized more than $1 million in cash. four illegal immigrants are under arrest and police say the suspects have ties to a notorious mexican drug cartel. and the official white house christmas tree has arrive
decisions until the country drafts a new constitution. some are now calling him a dictator and united nations say it raises human rights concerns. >>> first lady michelle obama will welcome the white house christmas tree. that's a look at last year's christmas tree. this year's will be a 19-foot christmas fir. it will arrive this morning from north carolina and ultimately will be displayed in the blue room. >> other thanksgiving tradition, triple serving of nfl football on thursday. it all started in detroit with te texans winning 34-31 in overtime. it was marred by controversy, a gaffe by lions coach jim schwartz who mistakenly threw the challenge flag on this touchdown. replay showed he was clearly down. if you challenge a scoring play, you're actually penalized. more importantly, you negate an automatic replay review. it's like a double whammy. i would expect that rule to be changed soon. it could have really caused -- probably did cost the lions the game. still the coach should have known better. >>> meantime in dallas cowboys lost to the washington redskins 38-31. rg3, robert gri
to united nations has remained under fire. we'll also touch on black friday. joining me is anna navarro. good morning. >> good morning, carol. good morning. >> good morning. on to our first topic. is overover, anna? >> well, it sure has a nice ring to it. i say good job to chambliss. your pledge should be to your country, your god, your spouse. that's what it is. i come at this from the jeb bush school of thought. couple of months ago he was being asked about this in congress and he said you don't outsource your convictions. that's exactly the right thing to say and the right thing to think. you should act because that's how you want to act. not because you are being held bound by some pledge. >> and maria, what does this mean for talks on the fiscal cliff? >> well, i actually think it's positive. because it gives republicans lee way to do the right thing. and chambliss was right on in basically saying he cares more about his country. i wasn't at the -- was at the dnc in the early '90s. when bush won he said this is my pledge. no new taxes. when he had to raise taxes, it wasn't the rais
days. >> united nations has its largest peacekeeping force actually in the congo. also in africa, politicians in both uganda and nigeria, they are targeting the country's gay population with now new legislation. critics say these new laws would single out gay africans for persecution and violent attacks. cnn's david mckenzie has the story. >> reporter: it's become a rallying cry for the gay community in africa. the brutal slaying last year of uganda activist david cato. bludgeoned to death at his home. the state blamed a robbery. his friends said it was this. his front page photograph in a tabloid calling for days to be hanged. i met cato just months before his death. he was afraid. >> is there space in uganda to be a man and openly gay? >> public space, we don't have that. by the way, the problem here is identity. i can do with you and my friend the whole year. you can drink and eat together if you don't know i'm gay. the moment i identify that i'm gay, that's where the problem comes. >> now it could get even worse. despite international condemnation, both uganda and nigeria's p
of the palestinian authority travels to the united nations this week for what he hopes will be a vote with a historic outcome. mahmoud abbas, will be present thursday as the general assembly votes on a resolution that would upgrade palestinians to the status of a non-member state. meanwhile, only one week since the cease-fire between israel and hamas, and the u.s. official tells cnn that iran is already figuring out how to resupply hamas with missiles and other weapons. >>> a flight from fort lauderdale to san juan, puerto rico, forced to circle back and land just after takeoff because of a bird strike. an inspection confirmed a bird hit the right engine of that jetblue flight yesterday. passengers were put on a different flight and arrived in san juan after a 2 1/2 hour delay. >>> monday night football action in philadelphia, kind of like a loser bowl. not a marquee match-up. the eagles and panthers, two of the worst teams in the nfl. but it was a big night for panthers qb cam newton. he threw for two touchdown passes, and he ran for two touchdowns himself. there he goes. that wasn't him. way to go,
, and we have the united nations. something was happening at city hall. one of my colleagues was asked to go down to city hall and you would be able to file at right away. there were some guys from mit, they made scanning equipment-. ves.ati john put on something that looked like scuba diving gear on his back, and it was a huge backpack and there was a cable running into the camera, and he could only get one shot off of this thing. he transmitted that image back in tuesday and it made the paper, noisy as hell. very grainy, messy image. it was nothing that you would see from film. that is the kind of stuff people were dealing with 25 years ago, and when digital cameras first came out, i was one of the last that wanted one. because the images were very noisy, the cameras were very heavy, they were big and intrusive. michele has a bigger camera that is probably more had the normal, but this is the digital camera that will make a file probably as good as the camera right there. in my opinion, this will make a beautiful file, it would blow up alanis on a poster in times square and it gives
reporting the cia is permanently closing the doors on the climate change for national security. the controversial department was set up three years ago. republicans blasting the unit as wasteful and a distraction to the agency's mission. the cia is not saying whether it was closed by budget constraints or political pressure. the agency will continue to monitor climate change and its impact to our national security but not in a stand-alone department. >>> in "the san francisco chronicle" clothing optional is not about to be an option. nudists are losing the right to bear it all. they passed a measure banning public nude did. when they passed this law, people decided to bare it all. nudists have filed a lawsuit saying the ban violates free expression rights. >> i was not aware that you can walk around like that. >> it's true, but i keep saying, it's a little chilly by the bay. >> you have to layer. in some cases, maybe not. 14 minutes past the hour. secretary of state hillary clinton wrapping up her meeting this morning with palestinian authority prime minister mahmoud abbas. the
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